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Dental Implants at Aria Dental
Dental implants have evolved considerably — they are now more esthetic, more durable than ever, and available at Aria Dental in San Antonio. Implants are a great option to replace one or more teeth. Unlike partial dentures, implants are fixed in the mouth and do not need to be removed. Unlike bridges, implants only affect the site of the missing tooth and do not affect adjacent teeth. A dental implant is placed in the jawbone where the tooth root used to be. After being surgically placed, the implant post is left to integrate with the bone over time. Once the implant has integrated into the jawbone, a crown is attached to restore the missing space. The result is a natural looking tooth replacement!
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In addition to a single tooth replacement, dental implants can also help patients who need to replace all their teeth. Aria Dental patients have a choice between regular dentures and dental implant supported dentures. Both restore the patient’s ability to chew and to look great when they smile. With dental implant dentures, Dr. Mustafa can surgically place implants (typically 4-6 posts) which custom dentures would snap onto and be locked into place so patients don’t have to worry about them moving around or slipping out like a traditional denture could. Dr. Mustafa of Aria Dental in San Antonio is proud to provide all dental implant options for his patients.
Contact us today to schedule your dental implant consultation to find out which option will work best for you.
What Is A Dental Implant?
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A dental implant consists of three main components – an implant post, an abutment, and a crown. An implant is placed beneath the gum and into the jawbone to act as an artificial tooth root. The implant, which is typically a titanium screw, fuses with the bone in time. Meanwhile, a temporary abutment and crown are placed in the mouth so patients can chew normally. When the screw is completely fused with the bone (which usually takes up to six months,) Dr. Mustafa will apply the abutment (upon which the crown rests) and then he affixes the permanent crown in the mouth. Voila! You have new teeth!
The Basis of Implants
Implants begin with the jawbone which holds the root of the tooth. If the jawbone isn’t healthy, it turns into bone loss. This makes the facial bone structure look collapsed or sunken. It’s in cases like this that bone grafts will be necessary to hold the screw. Bone grafts are surgically placed at the site of the missing tooth where it will fuse to the jawbone in order to build up the area to better support the implant post. When it heals, then the implant is placed. During your consultation with Dr. Mustafa, he will be able to diagnose the condition of your jawbone and determine if a bone graft is necessary for your procedure. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to get started with your dental implant.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most advanced, natural looking, and natural feeling tooth replacement available in today’s modern dentistry. The impact of this treatment on patients is improved overall health and an increase in their quality of life. This is why Dr. Mustafa and his team enjoy delivering these results for their San Antonio community. The many restorative and cosmetic benefits of implants include:
- You’ll chew properly again
- Your smile will be complete with no missing or damaged teeth
- The teeth will prevent the jawbone from losing density in bone loss
- The nearby teeth will remain stable and not wander about the gum line
- The health of the bone and gums will remain optimal
- Implant dentures provide a more comfortable and secure solution
- Gives patients a new lease on life (confidence, self-esteem, etc.)
How To Be Sure The Whole Thing Is Safe
Metal screws in your mouth? What are you thinking? Actually, you’re just as safe with titanium screws (which are most like the human body of any metal out there, which is why it fuses with the bone) as you would be with ceramic, which is sometimes used in implants. This statement is backed up by global standards moguls the International Organization for Standardization and ASTM International.
Using these standards, implants are evaluated for biocompatibility. This ensures the implant doesn’t cause allergic reactions, irritation, or other reactions. For makers to market their wares, they first have to convince the FDA the wares are safe. Dr. Mustafa only uses the safest of products for his patients.